Stop Talking, Start Doing
The Secret To Going Vegan Is To Just Go Vegan (and work out the details later)
All over social media there are people claiming “I want to go vegan but don’t know where to start”.
Here’s the thing. Being vegan is basically a two-part deal:
(i) You decide to no longer be a part of, as far as possible and practicable, the exploitation and abuse of animals, for food, clothing, entertainment or any other purpose.
(ii) As a result of that stance, you no longer buy or consume those products or ingredients which involve the exploitation of animals.
That’s it. In essence, it’s really that simple.
In practice, of course, it’s a lifelong process of discovery, of learning and of experimenting with new products, experiences and ideas, but that is all part of the fun — or the journey, if you like — once you are vegan. For now, today, all you need to do is to take that first step.
You already know that billions of animals suffer and die in unimaginable agony every single year to provide products we don’t need.
You already know that people can be fit and healthy on a diet containing zero animal products — the vast numbers of long-term vegans out there (including top vegan athletes) are testament to that.
So, really, there is nothing left to do but jump.
There’s really nothing stopping you from deciding right here, right now, that from this moment on you will not eat any more meat, dairy, eggs or honey.
You can work out the details later, as you go along, but there’s nothing to stop you making that commit here today and throwing out all the animal products — the result of untold misery and pain — in your cupboards and fridge, taking stock of what’s left and going from there.
If you can get to a supermarket — or even a corner shop — you can buy vegan food. Damn, it’s better to look back in six months and say, “When I first went vegan I ate nothing but baked beans for…